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Purpose: The two-year Associate in Applied Science degree curriculum in Nursing is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the healthcare team, rendering direct patient care as beginning practitioners of nursing in a variety of health service facilities. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

It is also designed to provide a base of general education from which the individual student will grow and develop as a person, worker, and citizen of the community. Students who successfully complete the curriculum are awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree with a major in Nursing.

Graduate Learning Outcomes:

Student outcomes for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree are guided by the Mission, Vision and Values of the Nursing Department and are expanded on in the supporting key courses. Students completing the AAS degree are expected to be able to incorporate competencies that encompass human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and the spirit of inquiry as defined by the NLN Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Programs (National League for Nursing, 2010).

To insure graduates are successful in achieving these program outcomes, the faculty incorporate the * National Council of State Boards of Nursing's current NCLEX - RN Test Plan.

* for NCLEX‐RN Test Plan and Licensure.

Accreditation: The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326 (404) 975-5000) and approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515.

Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities for the Registered Nurse include staff positions in hospitals, home health care, extended care facilities, health departments, physicians’ offices, clinics, day care centers, as well as civil service, military service, and community health services.

*To view more information on the Nursing Program view the PDF file above


Degree RequirementsCredits

Student Development SDV 100 or any approved SDV course1

English ENG 111-1126

HumanitiesAny course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language (Any student desiring to take Literature must have taken ENG 112.) History and speech classes do not meet the humanities elective requirement3

Social Sciences PSY 230, SOC 200 6

Lab Sciences BIO 141-1428

ScienceBIO 1491

Major requirement(s) in sequenceNUR 100, 111, 112, 135, 216, 217, 226, 245, and 254 41

General PharmacologyHLT 250 3

Total Minimum Credits69

Suggested Scheduling

Applicants are recommended to have completed the general education course requirements prior to applying for admission into the first AAS nursing major laboratory course, NUR 111.

Semester 1

SDV 1001

NUR 1118

NUR 100 1

NUR 226 2

NUR 135 1

BIO 1491

BIO 1414

Total Credits18

Semester 2

NUR 1128

BIO 1424

ENG 1113

PSY 2303

Total Credits18

Semester 3

NUR 2168

NUR 2453

HLT 250 *3

ENG 1123

Total Credits17

Semester 4

NUR 2178

NUR 2542

SOC 2003

HUM Elective3

Total Credits16

*Nursing program course may be taken in other semesters.

Students graduating from this program will be required to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.